Scottish designer Christopher Kane has been chosen to host the annual Serpentine Gallery Summer Party which sees numerous celebrities and fashion insiders tread upon the perfectly manicured lawn of Kensington Gardens each year. This summer marks the 15th anniversary of the Serpentine’s Pavilion since it was commissioned by gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones. As well as introducing new installations by famous design names each year, the summer party is a fundraising event aimed at raising money for upcoming exhibitions and the Gallery’s commissions programme. This year, two Spanish architects, José Selgas and Lucía Cano have set up a multicoloured translucent structure inside, in which guests will be plied with fun activities during the launch party.
“I have admired the Serpentine and its amazing work and reputation for many years now and have always loved going to the summer party,” said Kane in an interview with WWD. “We have always used bold colours in our collections, so I’m very much looking forward to seeing Selgas/Cano’s colourful and vibrant vision of the pavilion and to see it represented on such a vast scale.”
The evening should prove entertaining for the scores of famous guests with British band Spandau Ballet and musician James Righton providing the musical soundtrack, and 2manyDJs on the decks. Christopher Kane’s co-hosts include fashion icon Alexa Chung (a regular at the annual fundraiser), Michael Bloomberg and architect Zaha Hadid. The Serpentine Summer Party will take place this Thursday.